Not quite as bustling as some other Moroccan cities, Casablanca
still has a lot to offer eager shoppers. Those keen on shopping in
Casablanca should best brush up on their haggling skills, as
spirited negotiation over price is the norm in this white-walled
Head to the old Medina for traditional wares such as tagines,
leather goods, hookahs and other Moroccan souvenirs. Major fashion
chain stores can be found in the Maarif neighbourhood, where all
the big names from Zara to Prada can be found as well as ''designer''
accessories, which can be scooped up for a song. The run-down Derb
Ghraleef neighbourhood, where a cluster of small stalls offer
everything from cellphones to ''genuine'' brand name clothing and
everything in between, is an adventurous destination for serious
shoppers with a basic understanding of Arabic and solid bargaining
The famous Marché Central (Central Market) is a great place to
pick up fresh seafood such as oysters, or Moroccan-style sausages
and patés. Other handcrafts and souvenirs can be bought here too.
The only department store in Casablanca is Alpha 55 on Avenue
Mers-Sultan, and stocks just about everything under the sun. Look
out for authentic Moorish silver jewellery: a sensational idea for
gifts for loved ones back home.
Most shops open at 9am, close around lunchtime and reopen around
3pm, and are usually closed all day on Sundays. Lunch hours on
Fridays are often prolonged due to Friday prayers. During Ramadan,
shops open later in the day and remain open at mid-day.